Prisoners, a movie review

A movie review by: Lee Sonogan

(2013) 2h33min/ Crime, drama, mystery


Detective Loki: Just let me do my job.

IMDB describes this movie as when Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. With a budget of $46 million, it made over $60 million at the box office. This movie stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall.

According to Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, the original cut of the film was three hours. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale were set to star, with Bryan Singer directing, but the two actors opted to make The Fighter in 2010 instead.

Hugh Jackman portrays a father whose daughter is kidnapped and missing in this film. He was originally attached to play a similar role in The Lovely Bones (2009) but dropped out. That role was filled by Mark Wahlberg, who at one point was attached to play the lead role in this film. Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to the project for a long time, but he dropped out.

There are no opening credits, just the title of the movie. This is a very long movie so strap in and watch everything.  With the two daughters going missing, each actor in the movie has many dramatic scenes that are interesting. Mostly Hugh Jackman was good in it, but some scenes seemed over top. The move brings out enough interest to keep you watching out through the entirety of the film. The ending is odd with brutal action at the end. I recommend this movie to people who like the actors who starred in a movie and like the genres of this movie.


Keller Dover: You wasted your time… you wasted your time following me. You let that happen.

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